Clearance for waste treatment plant delayed

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Staff Reporter

Panel seeks details of enhanced land price

KOCHI: The Kochi Corporation's plan to set up a solid waste treatment plant is getting further delayed. The State-level Empowered Committee, which met in Thiruvananthapuram on August 3, has deferred the decision to give approval for the plant. The committee refused to accept the details of the enhanced land price prepared by the district authorities. It has asked the Kochi Corporation to submit the details regarding the enhanced land price in the proper pro forma, said Mayor Mercy Williams.

The Corporation had deputed a team of officials to Thiruvananthapuram on August 3 to present the case of the civic body.

Officials at the District Collectorate have prepared the new set of documents in the new format as demanded by the committee to the Corporation. The Corporation officials were also involved in preparing the new documents, Ms. Williams said.

Now, it is to be seen whether the committee will have to meet once again to clear the enhanced payment of price for the land that was acquired for the project.

"We do not know whether the committee will have to meet again to ratify the enhanced payment and no communication in this regard has been received so far," Ms. Williams said.

The ratification of the land price by the committee is the only hurdle to kicking off the project. The Corporation has been facing pressure from various quarters to find some scientific solutions for treating the refuse generated by the residents. At present, the sanitary landfill using the garbage is the only way before the Corporation and the civic body has been finding it extremely difficult to find sites to dump the waste.

Dumping of waste at Cheranalloor had invited the wrath of the local residents and the panchayat. The Indian Navy had also objected to the Corporation dumping the waste at its site fearing that its aircraft would be hit by birds that are attracted to the area. However, the Corporation officials eventually succeeded in convincing the Naval authorities that the landfill would be done scientifically and precaution would be taken to keep the pests away from the site. The civic authorities are pinning their hopes on the proposed plant to find a solution to the issue as time is running out as far as the permission of the Indian Navy is concerned.

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